Hi, I’m Shawn. I hope you’re doing well today. Welcome to Record Your First Song (and Make it Sound Great!) If you want to sound your best you not only need good equipment but you also need to set it up properly. Modern stuff is almost all plug and play so mostly there’s not much to it but there are a few settings you should pay attention to. Of course you probably won’t have the same equipment as I do but most settings will be pretty similar so you should be able to follow what I’m doing and figure it out.
Way back when I started playing around with the idea of recording with my pc things were a bit more complicated than they are now. I had all sorts of problems. I would get things recorded then when I played them back they would be all garbled, like a tape speeding up and slowing down. I bought a better sound card but it didn’t help and because I already had a stand alone digital recorder I just wasn’t desperate enough so I dropped the idea for a few more years. What I had was a Roland VS 1680
Lenny Kravits used one for (Fly Away) and (American Woman) and such. So, good sound but I always found it a bit harsh.
One day I bought a Digitech GNX3000 because I wanted to play out in the park but I didn’t want to have to carry an amp.
The GNX3000 came with a 24 bit usb interface and ProTracks by Cakewalk. I was suddenly recording 24 bit audio and everything was coming out great. So I sold the VS 1680 and have never looked back. Today I do almost everything in the box and can’t think of a good reason not to.
Ok let’s get started.
First go down to start. Right click and open search.
Type in control. Control Panel should pop up.
Click on it and in the upper right you should see, View by: make sure it is on Small Icons.
Click on Sound.
This window will pop up.
Here’s where things might start to look different for you. Mostly the names will change but the functions will be about the same. As you can see I have bunches of audio devices most of them are part of my main mixer XAIR18. You need to click on whatever playback device you plan to use for mixing. Mine is Line Out 1-2 BEHRINGER X18. First set it as the default. When you do, you’ll see a check mark appear next to your default audio device.
Next go to properties, a new window will pop up.
Open the Enhancements tab and check Disable all enhancements. When you’re mixing you don’t want anything changing the sound.
Next go to the Advanced tab. If it is available choose 24bit 48khz. If not get as close to it as you can but don’t go over 24bit 48khz unless you know what you’re doing. Not because anything bad will happen but your file sizes will be huge and 24bit 48k is really great sound quality.
Next open the Spatial Sound tab and make sure that’s off Hit apply and ok.
Hit OK and open the Recording tab. Again, choose your default device. Now there will be a checkmark by your default recording device.
Open properties. Then go to the Enhancements tab and disable all enhancements.
Next open the Advanced tab and again choose 24bit 48khz or as high as quality as you have available that does not exceed 24bit 48khz. Hit apply and ok.
Now open the Sounds tab select no sounds hit apply and ok and you are done.
Now your audio device should play nice with Cakewalk or any other D.A.W. There are other more complex settings that may or may not improve performance but most of them make a very small difference and I wouldn’t worry about them until you notice a problem.
Thanks for reading if you have questions leave them in the comments I’ll do my best to help.